Kids Parties · PARTY PLANNING

Eye-Catching Cakes That Won’t Break The Piggy Bank!

I love big detailed cakes for my boy’s birthday parties. I feel that the cake can really make a difference in the decor of a party. I also know that big, themed, detailed cakes can be very expensive.

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When I first started throwing parties, my cakes would range between $100-$200. For a kid’s birthday cake, that is a lot of money. But I really wanted nice cakes that tied into the theme of the parties. Not only was I spending too much money on them, but because I wanted big cakes, half of it would end up in the trash because it was simply too much. Now I have my bakers make dummy, or partial dummy cakes, and I spend probably a 4th to 1/2 of what I use to spend!

This  was his first birthday cake, time really does fly! 

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Dummy cakes are cakes made out of foam and real fondant. Essentially, the inside is fake, the outside is real. I do this for small events where we are serving cupcakes or a cake is just not necessary.

For my son’s 4th birthday party we used a full dummy cake because it was at a hot, windy, sandy beach, and so it didn’t make sense to have a real cake sitting out there melting away and collecting sand.

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Partial dummy cakes are cakes where some layers are dummy and others are real cake. I do this when I want multi layered big cakes for decor purposes but don’t have a need for that much cake. Note, the cakes below all have a layer or two dummy and a layer of real cake. Can you tell the difference? I sure couldn’t and neither did my guests!

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For more tips on party planning, as well as a checklist template I use for all of my parties, click here.

For tips on how to save time and money on invitations click here, and for party entertainment click here.